2 held for arson, ransacking schools in Budgam: Police

Two persons, allegedly involved in burning of a school and ransacking a private educational institute last month,were arrested in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, police said on Thursday.

Two persons, allegedly involved in burning of a school and ransacking a private educational institute last month,were arrested in central Kashmir's Budgam district, police said on Thursday.

Farooq Ahmad Malik alias "Buda" and Bilal Ahmad Malik alias "Durani", both residents of Shunglipora, were arrested by a Special Investigation 

Team (SIT) which was constituted to probe the burning of a school and ransacking of another school by some accused in Khag area last month, a police spokesman said.

He said a government school was set ablaze on October 27 at Habbar-Lassipora village while a private school at Shunglipora-Habbar was ransacked and damaged in a separate incident some days later.

"To investigate both the cases a special investigation team was constituted and during the course of investigation a number of suspects were brought for questioning," he said.

"It came to fore that some miscreants used to create disturbances in the area by hurling stones on the vehicles and also damaging the public property in the area by pelting stones," he said, adding, "Two of these miscreants – Farooq and Bilal – hatched a conspiracy to set on fire Government School Habbar Lassipora, as the school was located away from the human habitation. They managed some kerosene oil from their respective homes and used the same for setting the school on fire. Both these miscreants have confessed to their involvement in ransacking and damaging the private educational institute," the spokesman added.

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